Affordable Spain: how to organize a training camp, which suits every pocket

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Experience a training camp in Spain with only €32 per day

Spain is widely known as one of the most expensive destinations in Europe, which wears out the pockets of around 75 million tourists every year. Together they spend over 77 billion euros in the land of sun, sea and Sangria.
Even though costs are high in the country, Spain is a top choice for professional training camps. The reasons are many: a comfortable climate with short, mild winters and hot, dry summers, lots of high-ranking training facilities including high-altitude centers, beautiful landscapes and of course, a high standard of service.
SmartSport™ is sharing some travel tips and showing you how to get more, while paying less.

Tip 1. Choose the right city

Of course everyone wants to spend at least a few days surrounded by the gorgeous styling of legendary Antonio Gaudi in Barcelona, suffer through the ancient tradition of Corrida (Bullfighting) in Madrid, or enjoy the breathtaking views of San Sebastian, which earned its popularity thanks to the clear water and pure sand. There’s no doubt that these cities have a lot on offer, however, the beautiful sights attract the tourist rabble - and tourist prices.

There is no need to entirely dismiss these locations, but if your aim is to save a bit of money when organizing your training camp, take a look at the less popular tourist spots or, more appropriately, sporting destinations with top-grade facilities.

Let’s study the price policy, using football, swimming, and athletics as examples.

Football training camp rates

  • Training in the hometown of one of the most popular Spanish football clubs, Barcelona, will cost you around €100 per person per day all inclusive.
  • The seaside town of Castellon is not as famous as Barcelona, however you will find good football pitches and affordable accommodation at a rate of €50 per day all inclusive.
  • Mid-range prices can be found in Tenerife, where athletes will have to pay around €70 per day
  • Lloret De Mar, the Spanish mainland’s center of nightlife, has an attractive offer of only €35 per day.

Learn more about training camps for football teams here: Spend a winter break in Spain

Swimming training camps rates

  • To begin with Barcelona, swimming in the capital of Catalonia will cost around €90 per day all inclusive.
  • The cheaper option is Calella, where the athletes only pay around €35 per day, or Lloret De Mar which offers approximately the same rates.
  • Swimming groups may also consider Torremolinos, which has a price level of around €50
  • On the island of Tenerife, athletes can organize a training camp with €75
  • The high-altitude training center of Sierra Nevada will cost around €86 per day

Learn more about training camps for swimming teams here: Swimming Camp in Spain from €32

Athletics training camps rates

  • Once again Barcelona heads the price list with €93 per day
  • The Sierra Nevada Athletic stadium in Granada will cost athletes around €85
  • The cheapest option is Soria for €45 per person

Learn more about training camps for swimming teams here: Athletics centers

Tip 2. Transport can cost less

It often happens that the costliest part of the trip is the transfer. Of course, in response to high prices, customers have to come up with ingenious solutions.

If your location allows, try travelling by coach, it is likely to be one of the cheapest options, however, if the journey takes too long, then you need to fly.

Plane tickets are not cheap, as a rule, but from time to time airlines offer affordable flights to certain destinations, which makes it much more affordable. This is a good reason to consider travelling with stops. For instance, United Kingdom-Barcelona is the cheapest route into Spain – around €20 per ticket. Choose low-cost companies like RyanAir and WizzAir, Volotea, Vueling, AirEurope or EasyJet, but book well in advance.

Ones you are in Spain, it’s easy to get to your final destination by bus. The price varies according to the city, however the average ticket costs around €10.

One more tip, which will help you to save, is guessing the right time to book a flight.

In the middle of February, the prices are 35% less than in high season. Also, November and December are deemed to be the best months for booking tickets to Spain. As a rule of thumb, it’s better to book tickets 5-6 months before you fly.

3. Document preparation is important

When planning a trip to a foreign country, make sure that you are aware of all the documents and visas you are going to need. Also check things like customs allowances - things that you can and, more importantly, cannot take with you.

Talking about Europe, Schengen member nationals, require only their personal ID to fly freely around the Schengen area, however, some European and all non-European countries are not as lucky.

Things you MUST take with you:

  • Travelling passport - with Visa, if required
  • Medical Insurance

To learn more about Spanish visa information, follow the link: Spain Visa information

If required, SmartSport™ is ready to provide its customers with assistance in document preparation

4. Nutrition

Nutrition is not an area to cut back on, however, there is a way to make it cheaper and, at the same time, healthy. Eating three meals daily in Spanish cafes or restaurants will cost you around €40-50 per person on average. SmartSport™ provides package offers with a full meal plan included. The option helps to save time looking for suitable restaurants, understanding the menu and waiting for ordered food. It also helps you to manage your budget, because the food costs are already taken care of.

Mediterranean cuisine is widely known as the healthiest option. However, you can discuss any special diet options in advance with the managers at SmartSport™, who speak your native language. When you get to your destination, everything will have been arranged in advance.

5. Training facility selection

Last but not least. Selecting the right training facility is the most important part of training camp organization.

The variety of Spanish landscapes allows training in various conditions, including high-altitude training centers in the mountains, or complexes by the coast.

Here is a quick summary of the most interesting sports centers in Spain based on our customer feedback. The final choice however, is yours.

1. CAR Sierra Nevada

This training base is designed for football, martial arts, rhythmic gymnastics, athletics, swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo.

The facility is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and considered to be one of the best in the whole country. Its popularity is not groundless – CAR Sierra Nevada lies in a national park area and offers sports and accommodation facilities of superior quality. There are both indoor and outdoor facilities for various sporting activities.

2. Tenerife Top Training

Tenerife Top Training is another training center which belongs in the top echelon rankings of facilities in Europe.

The venue is located on one of the Canary Islands, Tenerife.

Tenerife Top Training features facilities for the following disciplines:

  • Football
  • Swimming and Synchronized Swimming
  • Water polo
  • Triathlon
  • Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Tennis
  • Basketball

3. Ciudad de Torremolinos

This training facility is attractive due to its affordable price. The venue is situated in the resort town of Torremolinos and offers facilities for football, athletics, swimming and synchronized swimming, water polo, and diving.

4. Pinatar Arena

The facility is designed for professional and amateur football teams. There are 7 various football pitches in the complex. Athletes may also use its additional services like massage, sauna, and the gym, which are located within the grounds of the venue.

5. Intur Sports Football Centre

The complex features 2 football pitches with lighting and an artificial turf surface.

Intur Sports Football Centre is situated in the seaside Municipality of Benicassim. A perfect choice for those who want to train in a quiet and peaceful atmosphere, with views of the mountains as a backdrop.

As soon as a facility is chosen, there is a little left to do – book your choice with a couple of clicks and the reservation details will be automatically relayed to the sports complex. After that, our manager will contact you to clarify the details and your personal requirements.

Overall - organizing training camps with SmartSport™ is the best tip to save your budget and time.


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